Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson says falling Raptors’ Kyle Lowry was an accident, Marc Gasol agrees
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson claimed his innocence after hearing Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry’s post-game comments, saying he felt the aforementioned made a dirty play when barreling into him from behind.
Robinson hard-chased an offensive rebound and then Lowry after he secured the board, losing control in the process and falling into him, which caused Lowry’s right ankle injury and eventual departure from the game.
Kyle Lowry is down and heading to the locker room after Robinson lands on his right ankle pic.twitter.com/DQwQzlyDKp
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) March 19, 2019
The Knicks big man proclaimed his innocence in a post-game tweet, apologizing for the blunder.
If you really think I tried to hurt him you wrong and need to look again I was falling I mean I apologize for falling on him but I didn’t mean to
— Mitchell Robinson (@23savage____) March 19, 2019
Raptors center Marc Gasol agreed with the sentiment, as it was he who walked away with the defensive rebound after the hard-charging rookie tried to gain control of it.
“I was battling for the rebound with Robinson. It got a little out of control,” said Gasol, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN. “I thought if they called a foul early, the over-the-back it probably wouldn’t have happened. But shoulda, coulda, woulda. You cant replay those things. It happens. Its an accident”
Lowry will likely sit for a game or two until his ankle has fully healed and there’s minimal risk for re-injuring himself in this latter stretch of the season.
While Robinson could have been more careful here, it is his never-ending motor and passionate hustle that have earned him a place in David Fizdale’s rotation, still lacking the finesse and fundamentals he must obtain to carve a place in the league.